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Doctor insights on: Hypoxic Brain Injury Prognosis

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How does one get hypoxic brain injury?

How does one get hypoxic brain injury?

Lack of oxygen: Hypoxia means a lack of oxygen. inadequate oxygen can be acquired from a cardiac/respiratory arrest, from being overcome as a result of a fire, carbon monoxide intoxication, severe respiratory distress. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more


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Is it possible to recover from a hypoxic brain injury?

Is it possible to recover from a hypoxic brain injury?

Yes and no: Hypoxic injury can cause brain cells to just shut down, sicken, or die. Recovery depends on the initial degree of damage, the acute management, and the rehabilitation. In new born infants good success is occurring with brain cooling. Following cardiac arrest in adults the recovery depends on the quality of the heart, lung, and kidney function. Functional recovery is best with quality rehab. ...Read more

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Can you have a mild hypoxic brain injury without loosing consciousness?

Can you have a mild hypoxic brain injury without loosing consciousness?

I'm confused: Why are you asking such a question? An hypoxic brain injury is truly serious stuff, and would find it hard to understand what prompted your question. I am skeptical you have ever experienced this issue, but to go into further detail, contact our Concierge service. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a full recovery for a patient suffering fro a hypoxic brain injury?

What are the chances of a full recovery for a patient suffering fro a hypoxic brain injury?

It depends: Brain cells do have a remarkable ability to recover. They can go into a shock state following hypoxia. With good support and good therapy many may recover and return to near normal function. Many may die. The outcome is hard to predict, but full effort is justified. At some point it will become obvious the degree of damage that has been done for which no recovery is possible. ...Read more

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How can recovery from hypoxic brain injury may speed up? Patient is 74 and in minimal conscious state. He pulled out his feed pipe out of irritation

How can recovery from hypoxic brain injury may speed up? Patient is 74 and in minimal conscious state. He pulled out his feed pipe out of irritation

History?: There is no definite way of speeding up the recovery if possible apart from good intensive care and time. No drug has been convincingly proved to speed thing up! ...Read more

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My grandmother of age 70 got cardiac arrest and hypoxic brain injury occured. How long it will take to recover?

My grandmother  of age 70 got cardiac arrest and hypoxic brain injury occured. How long it will take to recover?

Well : The majority of the recovery occurs the first three or four days. Then there can be some slow recovery of brain function. You really need to ask your neurologist or intensive care doctor what they think the prognosis is and what progress she's making ...Read more

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What are the most likely consequences of brain damage caused by hypoxia?

What are the most likely consequences of brain damage caused by hypoxia?

At what age, how : long ago, what areas of the brain were damaged, what functions were lost or have not been attained & how much progress has been made since Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy occurred ? There are criteria for expected outcomes of HIE in neonates, for example. Please re-submit your question with specific data. Thanks. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Hypoxia (Definition)

Hypoxia, is a condition in which the body as a whole or a region of the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply. It is classified into 4 groups: - hypoxemic - oxygen is low - anemic - decreased ability for hemoglobin to carry oxygen. - ischemic - decreased blood flow. - histotoxic - oxygen is reaching the cells, but the cells are unable to use ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Brain Injury (Definition)

Brain injury is a condition in which the brain is damaged due to an injury. Brain injury often results when the head violently and suddenly hits an object or when an object deeply pierces the head. The symptoms of brain injury vary from mild to severe depending on how much the ...Read more